Consulate Activities


The Fukuoka-Hawaii Youth Culinary Exchange Program / Student Cooks Compete in Cooking Competition

Chef Ito providing feedback
 On June 7, a culinary competition for students from Fukuoka, Japan and Hawaii, the U.S. was held at Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) as part of a youth exchange program between Fukuoka Prefecture and the State of Hawaii, with Consul General Kodama’s official resident chef, Shotaro Ito participating as one of the judges.
Team1  Simmered swordfish teishoku(set meal) Team1: Simmered swordfish teishoku (set meal)
Team2 Bubu arare(rice crackers) and nori(seaweeds) crusted swordfish in matcha(green tea) butter sauce Team 2: Bubu arare (rice crackers) and nori (seaweed) crusted swordfish in matcha (green tea) butter sauce
As part of their sister city exchange program, Fukuoka Prefecture and the State of Hawaii launched the culinary exchange project, in which Fukuoka Prefecture sent culinary major students to Hawaii for a six-day program beginning on June 3rd. During this time, the students learned about Hawaii’s food culture by attending lectures at KCC, taking part in cooking classes and visiting local farms.

A culinary competition was held on the last day of the visit to evaluate the outcome of the program. Three teams were made consisting of two Fukuoka students and two KCC culinary arts program students. They each had to create a dish using ingredients from Fukuoka and Hawaii. Each team showcased exceptional creativity and expertise, presenting innovative dishes.

The dishes students presented were as follows:

Team3 Hawaii×Japan~Colorful seafood plate~ Team 3: Hawai'i × Japan ~ Colorful seafood plate~